This guide provides information on locating
military unit histories and individual service
records of discharged, retired, and deceased
military personnel. It also provides information
on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for
military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes.
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These are known as derivatives.
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VA Disability - When the initial decision finds no "nexus"
What is the "nexus" and why is it important?
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"I think the problem is, the veterans don't want to come to the VA,
and the VA doesn't want to come to them"
This is what happens when all the qualified people decline to interview for the job.
We've already drawn from the second string of barely eligible players and predictably, they
failed. Wilkie is probably a nice enough guy and a patriot who is in the wrong place at the
wrong time. I've got 5 bucks that says his career is in flames by year end. Anyone???
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Poverty Threshold Information
It is my belief that non-working (non-contributing) spouses receive their own Social
Security -- if they have in fact worked at all during their lifetime and qualify for
their own benefits -- plus up to half of their spouses' monthly amount without compromising
the higher earner's benefit. Is that correct? It seems multiple wives of one husband can collect Social Security provided they were married at least 10 years. What's wrong with this picture?
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VA provides Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families with $1.3 trillion
in insurance coverage each year. VA also offers a variety of life insurance options
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:
(1) education benefits — servicemembers may transfer the GI Bill to their dependent
children before leaving service; (2) health care — CHAMPVA provides coverage to eligible
dependent children; (3) life insurance — family coverage is available to members insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI); and (4) memorial benefits — minor or unmarried adult children may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. Also, specific benefits are available for children of servicemembers who died or were seriously injured in the line of duty.
Pentagon officials said the drinking water issues have been addressed and they are now
working with members of Congress on making sure the groundwater is safe. "We want all our
military members to be protected," Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, said.
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The numbers looked arbitrary from city to city, which was bad luck for the Wilmots — they go to the Charleston, S.C., VA, which dropped 94 percent of its caregivers in three years. Current VA statistics suggest the Wilmots aren't alone — the Charleston, S.C., VA is still down 93 percent from 2014. There are only 13 approved caregivers on the program there. The South Texas VA had 342 in 2014. Last year it was down to 177. Now there are only 40. Northern Arizona kept cutting; so did Puget Sound. Fayetteville, N.C., had 570 caregivers in 2014; 350 have been cut, including Ashley Sitorius and her husband, William.
Mild traumatic brain injury may sound like an oxymoron, along the lines of
“jumbo shrimp” or “random order.” But a new study shows that mild TBIs can have serious
consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia.
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Many Medically Discharged Vets Missing Out on Rating Upgrade
Many medically-discharged veterans who had their disability rating "low-balled" by their service branch may be missing out on an opportunity to have their disability upgraded. In 2009 Congress mandated that a Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) be formed to reevaluate the disability ratings of up to 71,000 veterans. However, to date only about 19,000 of the eligible veterans have applied for a review.
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A general list of other Federal agencies that
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Service members, Veterans, and their families.
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As we wait for a new VA Secretary to be nominated, it causes me to think; why just a new Secretary and not a new Agency as well?
If we look at the existing Agency model, I don’t anyone will disagree it has its issues as attempt after attempt is made to “reform” it.
But, fundamentally, little thought is given to the Agency model itself. VA is a historic institution that has evolved over time, primarily finding its origins in the immediate post-WWII demobilization effort. That was 70 years ago—does that same model work today or what can be changed to make provisioning of veterans service better?
The present model flows from the organizational direction of Omar Bradley. VA hospitals and VA-directly provided health care made sense as civilian medical facilities were ill equipped to handle veterans with catastrophic service-related injuries and diseases far beyond the scope of a local hospital. That’s not the case today: telemedicine, trauma centers, and the like are routine—almost any medical facility in place within the US today can handle the typical medical issues associated with the veteran population with the singular exception of PTSD treatment. So, do we really need specific veterans hospitals or do we need to provide for access to medical treatment? In the end, that type of assessment may well be economically based and that might not be a bad way to consider things, especially given our budget deficit when compared to the rapacious appetite of the VA for funding. Consider the new Aurora VAMC, initially budgeted at about $667 million, but now coming in at over $1.7 billion. I am not sure we as a nation can afford that type of expense IF outside providers can provide the same or better quality of care more efficiently. Jim, I know you have a professional background in healthcare management so I will leave it to you to advise Watchdog readers as to how effective a steward of government resources the VA is when it comes to health care.
Then that brings me to thinking about the VBA and benefits administration. We all know the processing of claims takes too long and appeals are taking a scandalous amount of time (which is currently being reviewed at higher court levels—indications are that the higher court is going to compel action on the VA as I view the current proceedings). So, maybe that old-fashioned model needs to be upended as well. Why not allow online claims AND near-time immediate processing? That’s what IRS does when you file your taxes—you make a claim, provide the supporting evidence and sign a sworn statement—then you get a refund and the onus falls on the Gov’t to disprove (or doublecheck) what you claimed. If its accurate, you get paid, if its deceitful, you get indicted for a false statement. I think for most of us it takes about 3-4 weeks for your tax refund. Why can’t VA do that?
Now, the “ugly” piece of that—VA monetary benefits are, in certain cases, means tested. I refer to the pension benefit for which there are income limits. Might not be a bad idea to apply that same philosophy to compensation, as well—I mean, we can’t afford it—look at the deficit we are already running. I am not suggesting that low or moderate income veterans or surviving spouses are not entitled to those benefits; I am suggesting that we need to start rethinking compensation and begin to apply some reasonable limits. I cannot fathom why a high income earner necessarily should also draw compensation if they don’t need it and its all about what we can afford as a nation. Yes, I am sure that many will view this as sacrilege but I think the alternative of ongoing and uncaring irresponsible budget deficits are just a measure of economic treason being foisted on an American public that doesn’t hold its government accountable.
So, I hope this generates some thought on the part of your readers.
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We've said it for a long time, it isn't the VA taking your pills from you, there's a
nationwide effort to curb deaths from opioids and VA is just a part of it.
The case, which dates back to 2008, consolidated dozens of lawsuits by hundreds of
veterans and their families seeking to recover damages from the military contractor KBR Inc.,
but a trial court dismissed it in July 2017. It could be at a legal dead end unless the panel of
judges, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., overturns the dismissal.
How older vets can best help younger veterans
Younger vets and those in active duty need the mentoring and sympathetic ear of older vets.
An Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was aggressively
recruited by DeVry. He was told that his G.I. Bill benefits would cover all of his tuition,
in addition to giving him a monthly living stipend. However, he
later learned DeVry was saddling him with more than $50,000 in student loans.
It took VA 3 years to issue your "free" ID card and now,
you're being sponsored by Office Depot.